about 4 or 5 years ago on the AT I met a thru who was setting up his mock...was curious and he offered to let me climb in--rest is history---he had a heavy old HH Backpacker Asym--I've got two of those now.
Of course I ordered one right after that section hike ended but it was mid-July....wasn't long until I realized that hammocks sleep cool and downright cold without something....begain making my own underquilts....there was a guy up in Canada who made his own out of down...eventually Jacks R Better came around and my homemade UQs (though adaquate but all were synthetic) were put in the gear attic....bought the HH Lite Racer-amazing comfort even over the Asym.
Got a Speer mock too, and two pea pods, his first model and then later a warmer version.
In the early days even used a Western Mountaineering Ponderosa with the Speer Hammock.
Now as some know here I'm waiting on a Blackbird and Yeti---very very excited to see competition in the hammock market....also learned tonight of Speers Snugfit so eventually I'll have to grab one of those too. I admit I love gear but only if it is used/tattered/torn/and has a story to tell.
Returned last week from 2 weeks on the AT-finishing up PA (thank God). I did the unthinkable and for the first part of this section hike I went back to ground! I wanted to play with the new Therm-a-rest NeoAir. While playing with it I also played with using an Arc AT and a Thermawrap Parka...it was all good but each night I knew more and more that I wanted back in the clouds!
Forgot to mention I'm one of those with a hammock stand in the bedroom